For this Movie Musical Challenge I’m using the AFI’s 25 Best Musicals List to try and work my way through. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog.
So the fifth movie for the challenge is Meet Me In St. Louis (1944), starring Judy Garland.
I loved this film the first time around and watching it again there was a sense of nostalgia and somehow Judy Garland managed to captivate me more than the last time.
I still loved the songs, but the two that stood out were “The Boy Next Door”, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Every song is brilliant but it something about these two songs that are haunting and somehow manage to sum up Meet Me In St. Louis.
There is a quaint and nostalgic look at a time of innocence and optimism when something such as the World Fair coming to your town is the most exciting thing to happen. From the summer of 1903 and spring of 1904, we follow the Smith sisters as they go through rites of passage as each comes to their own.
This was a gorgeous, quintessential film and is easily one of my favourite musicals of all time.